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Is smiling contagious?

Is smiling contagious?

Do you smile enough?  Is smiling really contagious? 

Studies and research show that the majority of negative thoughts can be eased and in many cases eliminated by simply smiling and laughing.  In fact, many doctors use smiling and laughter as a way to reduce anxiety and depression in patients as well as reduce the use of pain killers.   

As I mentioned in my book “How to overcome worry and have peace of mind” that smiling is a great way to reduce and overcome stress and anxiety as it helps you to relax, be in a good mood, and achieve peace of mind. 

Smiling is really contagious

I remember when I was in high school in the mid 1990’s, one of my teachers asked me “How come you always smile?  You always seem to be happy.”  Of course she asked the question while smiling.  I informed her that I don’t like to bring out my distress and problems on people and that it is a habit of mine. 

Years have passed and one of my colleagues made a similar comment to me and said I seem to attract people due to my smile. 

You might ask “Ok Dia, why are you mentioning this?”  I am mentioning these two examples to show you that smiling does have a huge impact on others and people would love to be around you.  Not only that, it is good for your health.   

Still not convinced that a simple smile can do wonders?  I will give you a third example.  At work, one of my colleagues who is very popular always smiles.  I have never seen her not smile when she sees someone. 

Do you think this is coincidence that she is popular?  Of course not! People who smile tend to attract others and build successful relationships much easier than the individuals who don’t.  😉   

I want you to smile

Give it a try and smile especially in today’s day and age.  Learn to incorporate it with you personality and you will be amazed at the positive results you will start experiencing. 

Always remember the popular proverb “Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone.”  Are you going to smile?  :) 

Have you ever wondered why some people are happy and have peace of mind while others keep worrying?  Why do some people’s life filled with worry while others filled with happiness and peace of mind?  My e-book How to have peace of mind answers those questions and teaches you the scientific ways to control and overcome worry and have peace of mind.

For more information, read:

Smile 400 times a day

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Win your lover's heart The ultimate guide to achieve your goals How to have peace of mind


  1. Dia,
    I remember reading about how patients suffering from depression were told to smile in front of a mirror 50 or so times a day. Smiling triggers endorphins into the blood stream creating a feeling of well-being.

    Plus smiling on the outside is generally a sign that we are smiling on the inside.
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    • Dia says:

      Hi Justin,

      Yep smiling really does help people who have depression, stress, or anxiety. The chances are if we learn to smile more often, then we will be less vulnerable to experiencing these emotions. I like what you said that when we smile is a sign that we are smiling on the inside. This is true especially for authentic and real smiles. As within, so with out. :) Thanks Justin
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  2. Jk Allen says:

    Hey Dia!

    Despite my crazy Gravatar, I actually smile a lot. I do so because I think it has the power to brighten up people’s day. It goes so far. So many people fail to smile that when one does, it opens the shade and brings in the light. And, it always (well, typically), creates a domino effect.

    It’s funny, because we only know each other online, but I see you as the type of guy who smiles a lot. In your examples I can just imagine a grin (an authentic one) on your face!

    Thanks for sharing Dia!
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    • Dia says:

      Hi JK,

      For sure when we smile, we tend to affect others positively and brighten their day. This is one of the main benefits of smiling. Giving a smile might be something simple, but in reality it has powerful effects on us and others.

      Yea, I do smile a lot :) The way I look at it, it makes me and others feel better, so it is a win/win situation. Thanks my friend
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  3. The simplest thing that we can do to help others is to smile. Rather than making others realise how hard living on this earth is with our stern looks, a smile, even though a mask can give a false assurance to others and help them move forward in life.
    – Ranjith
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  4. I’ve noticed that even when I am in a not so great mood that if I make myself smile it puts me into a better mood.
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  5. Getting a smile from someone or forcing myself to smile when I’m not feeling the most pleasant; is often the thing that brings me up to par and happy again. Stupid are those who don’t think our physical bodies have an influence on our spirits. They do.
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    • Dia says:

      Hi Christian,

      Yea, smiling really helps to put us in a good mood and reduce stress and anxiety. It is something simple that we should do more. Thanks Christian
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  6. Hey Dia,

    You are right on point!

    It takes less muscles to smile than to frown, and that’s my main reason I smile more than I frown. Smilling is very contagious, and when you smile around people it brings out the happiness in them. I have always been one to smile a lot. People used to always ask me why i smile so much, and I would just tell them it’s easiest.

    People like my smile, so why not show it off right?

    God bless,
    William Veasley
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    • Dia says:

      Hi William,

      I’m glad you practice the art of smiling 😉 I agree it helps put others at ease and create a close relationship with them. Smiling also helps us reduce worry and improves our immune system, so why not do it often? Thanks William
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  7. Stuart says:

    Hm, if there was one thing I’d change about my Gravatar, it would be my facial expression. I look a little serious on it, but at least it shows my beautiful blue eyes 😉

    That’s one thing that works wonders Dia; combining a smile with direct eye contact. Both used together will show that you’re completely engaged with the other person.

    I remember a job interview I had once, and when the interviewer was finished, he got up and shook my hand, with a smile on his face. But he didn’t make eye contact; he was looking away when he shook my hand. I lost confidence in him because of this, and even if I had been offered the job, I probably wouldn’t have gone for it.

    Eye contact + smile = Win :-)
    Stuart recently posted..The Core Of Self-Love

    • Dia says:

      Hi Stu,

      Smiling with eye contact is powerful my friend. It projects confidence and positivity all at the same time. It also shows you are comfortable with yourself and people love that. As you say, it is a win situation 😉 Thanks Stu
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  8. Hi Dia,
    I remember vacationing in Paris and Kathy and I would walk an extra mile for our nightly gelato just to be served by a young girl with a wonderful smile that would light a room.

    • Dia says:

      Hi Riley,

      This is a wonderful example my friend. The fact you still remember the little girl’s smile shows how a simple and authentic smile does wonders and it makes everyone at ease and brings joy to everyone. Thanks my friend
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  9. Frank says:


    I see that you and I have a lot alike. I have been asked the question, “why do you smile so much?” so many times in my life that I almost let it steal my joy. People make fun of me because I always find a reason to smile. I think smiling is contagious. I say that because I think I caught mine from someone else. Great post.

    • Dia says:

      Hi Frank,

      Exactly my friend, smiling does make a powerful and positive difference in the world. If we make one person wonder why we smile and bring joy to them, then have succeeded. It helps create harmony with others as well. Thanks my friend
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  10. Joshua says:


    The topic is absolutly lovely, only by reading the title I got a huge smile on my face. Smiling is contagious, smiling is really great, it’s fantastic how a smile can bring infinite smiles. Seeing a person smiling can make you smile too, I remember about a video on the Youtube, something like Joe’s hi5. There was a guy named Joe on a metro stairway that hi5ed everyone on the other stairway and everyone was smiling, so do Joe, and it was just.. a pleasure to watch. Thanks for sharing and for making me smile too!

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    • Dia says:

      Hi Joshua,

      I’m glad the post brought a smile on to your face :) People love to see others smile as it makes them feel good and helps create a positive ambience as well. If we can make others smile and be in a good and better mood, then why don’t we start doing it more often? Thanks Joshua
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  11. Rob says:

    Hey Dia,
    There are some good meanings behind smiles that can be impactful.

    Ex: When my son (or anyone) is trying something and not having much success and he looks up to me and I give him a gentle smile that says, “Keep trying. You’ll get it this time.”
    And, he is encouraged. He feels accepted and loved.

    It’s such an easy thing that is free to give.
    Here’s one for you Brother:)

    Live it LOUD!

    P.S. Thanks for the support and answer to my email. I appreciate it.
    Rob recently posted..It Is Not The Critic Who Counts

    • Dia says:

      Hi Rob,

      Exactly my friend, when we smile to someone when he/she does something wrong and tell them to try again, we are not only encouraging them, but also helping improve their self esteem and confidence as many view “mistakes” as something horrible.

      Glad I could help my friend, enjoy your day :)
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  12. Matt says:

    Yes, it’s true that smiling is contagious. I find that no matter how low I feel I always automatically reciprocate when someone smiles at me.

    Similarly, if you have an overwhelmingly negative attitude that can bring others down as well. Some people have such a powerful negative vibe it’s quite amazing! They can really mess you around if you spend too much time with them. That’s why you should make a conscious choice to avoid them if possible, and spend time with more optimistic people instead.

    • Dia says:

      Hi Matt,

      Yea I agree when should avoid people who tend to be negative and pessimistic as much as possible as they tend to steal our positive energy. A simple smile can affect us and others in a positive way for sure. Thanks Matt and enjoy your day
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  13. Hajra says:


    I don’t know about smiling but laughing sure is contagious! For my time as a kid, I was actually punished once for “spreading too much of laughter” around the class! But that taught me the biggest lesson of my life, to laugh at what life throws you on the face!
    Lovely post, enjoyed a lot! Keep smiling!
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  14. Anthony says:

    Yes! it has to be. A smile spreads from one face to another and eases the troubles and worries of not just one individual, but this chain goes on and on. And it takes less muscles to smile than remain composed, so why not do so!
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  15. John Sherry says:

    Is smiling contagious? I just smiled reading that title of this post so 100% ‘Yes’ Dia! In fact it’s infectious, epidemic in nature, and there’s no known antidote. Quick, tell the whole world so they can be prepared…to laugh their heads off!
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  16. Lance says:

    I *love* to smile!! So, what a fun article to read! And I figure, as best I know it…I have one life here on earth. And I’m planning to makes this life as fun and joy-filled as possible – and smiling is just so easy to do!!
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  17. Dia, smiling is so important. Not only is it healthy for our own lives and puts us in a better frame of mind to deal with things that come our way, but it’s vital to relationships. Even to those we’ve never met. Each weekend, I tell my band at the church I’m a worship leader at that they should be in the lobby between services. That their smile to people who may be new may be the first smile that person has gotten all day. It might be the friendliness that causes that person to come back. Thanks for sharing.
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  18. Adrienne says:

    Absolutely Dia, smiling is SO contagious. Put people around me and within seconds they are laughing, smiling, having a great time and have forgotten all their troubles. That I can attest to! :-)

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  19. Hey Dia,

    Smiling is definitely contagious. I’m a happy go lucky individual as it is and I’ve had similar experiences to yours because of simply smiling. Even in stressful situations or uncomfortable moments I usually smile. It helps to keep everything light.

    I’m a believe in smiling to remove a negative feeling and/or anxiety. I practice this in my own meditation when I do feel a little overwhelmed or stress taking place in my life.

    Smiles and laughter are a small act with a powerful impact on yourself and others.

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